D.C. tax office plans annual property auction in July

The D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue is having its annual public tax sale of commercial and residential properties from 8:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. July 15 to 17 — or until all listed properties are sold — at 1101 Fourth Street SW, Room W250.

More than 4,400 properties will be auctioned, representing $38.2 million in real property tax liens issued Oct. 1. Property owners with unpaid taxes have until the date of the auction to pay taxes due and avoid losing their properties.

A list of properties by parcel, square, suffix and lot number with the owner’s name and the amount in unpaid taxes is available at otr.dc.gov.

Registration opens July 8; bidders must deposit at least 20 percent of their total bid. A $200 tax sale fee will be added to each property at the time of the sale. Purchasers must complete a Combined Business Tax Registration Application (Form FR-500) before registering.

For information on the tax sale process, call 202-727-4829, or go to the office at 1101 Fourth St. SW.

Fire department warns against opening fire hydrants

As summer temperatures climb, the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services reminds residents that tampering with a District fire hydrant is a crime, subject to a $100 fine. Opening a hydrant can severely limit the water pressure available for fighting fires. The force of pressurized water coming out of a hydrant can also cause serious injury.

When the temperature or heat index reaches 95, D.C. residents who lack air conditioning can take refuge at a District swimming pool, cooling center, recreation facility, senior center or other air-conditioned building.

The utility D.C. Water offers a misting tent and cooling stations, scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis, for large community events. To register, call 202-787-2200 or go to dcwater.com/mistingtent.

DMV offices in the District will be closed July 4

All D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles locations will be closed next Thursday. DMV services will resume July 5.

The days before and after a holiday are often among the busiest for the DMV. In many cases, the following services can be accessed online at www.dmv.dc.
and do not require an in-person trip: vehicle registration renewals and registration duplicates, driver’s license renewals and duplicates, identification card renewals, tag surrender and copies of personal driver records.

The Nannie Helen at 4800 opens in Deanwood

The Nannie Helen at 4800, a mixed-use development with 70 affordable housing units at 4800 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave. NE, opened in Ward 7’s Deanwood community June 19.

The new building includes 1,790 square feet of retail space, 1,900 square feet for an adult-education and fitness center, and 3,438 square feet of office space.

The affordable housing units are one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments in a five-level building with elevator access. The project also includes 41 residential parking spaces and replacement units for residents of Lincoln Heights. A community room and outdoor playground are among amenities.

For information, go to dcbiz.dc.gov.

D.C. office offers self-help conference scholarships

The D.C. Department of Mental Health is offering a limited number of scholarships for Alternatives 2013, Dec. 4 to 7 in Austin. The conference offers in-depth technical assistance on self-help and recovery methods, peer-delivered services, networking opportunities and healing through the arts. The scholarships cover the registration, airfare and hotel costs.

To apply, submit a written statement on reasons for attending and a letter of reference by July 26 to vivi.smith@dc.gov. Statements may also be hand-delivered to the department office at 64 New York Avenue NE, third floor.

For information, go to www.power2u.org/alternatives2013.

— Compiled by Terence McArdle